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Colonial America (1492-1765)
The French and Indian War

The French and Indian War
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 4 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.97

     challenging words:    attack, people, surrender, battle, often, government, colonel, angry, fight, affect, message, settle, east, important, nearby, control
     content words:    Ohio Valley, George Washington, United States, Fort Necessity, Native Americans, Native American, North America, Fort Niagara, Mississippi River

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The French and Indian War
By Cathy Pearl

1     More and more people were coming to America from England. Many of the people wanted to move to the west. They started to settle in Ohio. French colonists were already living there. They had claimed the lands for France. France was very upset when people started moving to Ohio.
2     In 1740, a group of people from Virginia received a land grant. It said that they could settle lands in the Ohio Valley. France had already built forts there. They wanted to keep control over the fur trading.
3     In 1753, the English wanted the French to leave Ohio. They sent George Washington with a message. This was the man who would someday be the first president of the United States. The message asked France to give up their forts. France ignored Washington's message and did not leave.
4     Washington went back to Virginia. He was made a colonel. He was ordered to build a fort near Virginia. This fort would protect settlers. Washington left with over 100 men. There was a problem. France had already built a fort there.
5     Washington was unhappy. He heard there was a group of French scouts nearby. He attacked them. The men went back to their fort. This attack made the French very angry.

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